Ranked #84


Alternative Titles

English: Psycho-Pass
Synonyms: Psychopath
Japanese: サイコパス


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.551 (scored by 186,749 users)
Ranked: #842
Popularity: #33
Members: 347,978
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The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person's state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term "Psycho-Pass" refers to a standard used to measure an individual's being. The story centers around the "enforcement officer" Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.

In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person's emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person's criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.

This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement.

(Source: translated and adapted from official site by Cranston)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kougami, Shinya
Kougami, Shinya
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Makishima, Shougo
Makishima, Shougo
Sakurai, Takahiro
Sakurai, Takahiro
Tsunemori, Akane
Tsunemori, Akane
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Ginoza, Nobuchika
Ginoza, Nobuchika
Nojima, Kenji
Nojima, Kenji


Shiotani, Naoyoshi
Shiotani, Naoyoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Yamamoto, Sayo
Yamamoto, Sayo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(22/22)

Episode Title Aired
1 Crime Coefficient
Hanzai Keisuu (犯罪係数)
Oct 12, 2012
2 Those Capable
Nashi Uru Mono (成しうる者)
Oct 19, 2012
3 Rearing Conventions
Shiiku no Sahou (飼育の作法)
Oct 26, 2012
4 Nobody Knows Your Mask
Dare mo Shiranai Anata no Kamen (誰も知らないあなたの仮面)
Nov 2, 2012
5 Nobody Knows Your Face
Dare mo Shiranai Anata no Kao (誰も知らないあなたの顔)
Nov 9, 2012

Opening Theme

#1: "abnormalize" by Ling Tosite Sigure (凛として時雨) (eps 1-11)
#2: "Out of Control" by Nothing's Carved in Stone (eps 12-22)

Ending Theme

#1: "Namae no nai Kaibutsu (名前のない怪物)" by EGOIST (eps 1-11)
#2: "All Alone With You" by EGOIST (eps 12-22)

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Yesterday, 12:38 PM
The simplest way to explain the allure of psycho-pass is in understanding how it is a less-plot driven story and has strong elements of "hard science fiction" where through layers of abstraction and interplay of theory-of systems and exceptions to those systems and acknowledging the potential aberrations to those conditions, a very realistic or at least theoretically-sound world takes form.

In essence the very stage and world of psycho-pass includes interesting elements that all fit naturally together and is quite enjoyable and thorough.

The cast and dialogue speak from a clear sense of position and individuality that makes every line again seem natural and contributes to their read more
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Nov 3, 2015
Criminals who babble philosophically will always be present in fiction. It’s an acknowledgement that mere sadism isn’t enough. Even if a person is a sadist, there is more going on than plain cruelty there. If we can answer what makes a man start fires, maybe we won’t need fire extinguishers. Too often these stories are too fascinated with the idea of the underdog taking revenge at society. He may lose, but awareness that he’s wrong doesn’t make it any less of an escapist fantasy.

The person’s actions should follow his worldview. If they contradict that, then this contradiction must be addressed. People are messy so of read more
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Mar 24, 2013
I feel so sorry for anybody who missed out on this anime this year because it was absolutely brilliant. Likewise, I also feel sorry for anybody who didn’t, because Urobuchi Gen ripped their hearts out.

The series is set in the near future in which it is possible to instantaneously quantify a person’s state of mind, personality, and probability of committing a crime, all recorded on an individual’s “Psycho-Pass”. When their “Crime Coefficient” index becomes too high, they are pursued and apprehended by police officers known as Inspectors, and their ‘hunting dogs’ the Enforcers; in this way, order is maintained. Unit One of the Public Safety read more
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Apr 27, 2015
I heard great things about Psycho Pass and it being compared to Death Note, I thought it would be great. But I didn't find the anime to be anything more than your run of the mill dark themed series. Before throwing off my review as a hated one, I would appreciate it if you guys just took a couple of minutes to read what I thought of Psycho Pass

Story - 7/10
The setting of Psycho Pass is a futuristic one in modern Japan, where people who have a high and cloudy Psycho Pass are either adjudged criminals or potent criminals. The ones who have a Psycho read more
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The series have the same showcase of "Law versus Crime", the only difference is the themes. In terms of characters Death Note revolves around two Genius students with different personality and the anti-hero holding a handy-dandy Reaper Notebook while Psycho-Pass revolves between Cops using Advance Techno weapon that has full duplex psychological inspection that switches the gear from a Neurological paralyze r to Anti-matter shooting bullet and Masterminds that have odd different assassination fetish. 
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Protagonists' increasing sense of self-awareness causes psychological alienation from blissfully unaware masses, leading them to be caught in truly tense, nail-biting Catch-22 situations and often tosses them between following their ingrained values and (eventually) questioning the system.

Antagonists are hard to hate anti-heroes who, unlike the former, have clear albeit destructive purposes in sight. They are often  read more 
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